Mega Construx Toy Review: Skiff Intercept

Mega Construx Skiff Intercept

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 hour to build (Skiff), 30 minutes each Wall/Skitterer from Alternate Build (Your time will vary from mine as I took pics along the way for this review)
Set Piece Count: 452
Minifigures: Spartan Mark VII, Grunt Conscript, X2 Brute Warrior
Weapons: Commando, X2 Mangler, Plasma Pistol, Ravager
Accessories: X4 figure stand,
Special Features: Alternate build via APP, which features a Turret Wall and (Somewhat) Skitterer from Halo Wars 2.
Cost: $40 US. I got mine at Target. A second one was sent to me by Mega Brands for the purpose of this review. I used it for the alternate builds.

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The front of the package shows the set in a fun action shot. The back displays some of the action features as well as alternate build.

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Mega Construx Toy Review: Turret Takedown

Mega Construx Turret Takedown

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: Sorting 1 minute, Build 3 minutes
Set Piece Count: 98
Minifigures: Spartan Hazop, Grunt Conscript
Weapons: Shotgun, Plasma Pistol
Accessories: X2 figure stand, Covenant Power Core, 6 trans-blue projectiles
Special Features: x2 Projectile Launchers
Cost: $10 Dollar General Exclusive (US)

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The front of the package shows the set in a cool action shot. Pardon the yellow $10 sticker as that was put on there by Dollar General. An attempt was made to remove it for a clean pic, but the box paper tore. (Thankfully, I took the pre-sticker removal shot as well.)

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Mega Construx Toy Review: Building Box

Mega Construx Building Box

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: Varies wildly depending on if you build from printed instructions, alternate PDF instructions online, or build something of your own. From printed instructions, the build was roughly 30 minutes, from alternate build (PDF), about 40 minutes.
Set Piece Count: 450
Minifigures: Gungnir, EVA spartans
Weapons: Rocket Launcher, Shotgun, Ravager, SMG, DMR, AR, Sidekick, Commando, Energy Sword
Accessories: X2 figure stand, x2 Frag Grenades, x2 muzzle flash, x2 projectile flash
Special Features: Alternate build via APP.
Cost: $30

I received a set of this from Mega Brands for the purpose of this review.

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The front of the package shows the set in a cool action shot. I had to use Mega’s online graphic for this as my photo became corrupted.

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Mega Construx Toy Review: Energy Sword

Mega Construx Energy Sword

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: roughly one hour to build (Your time will vary from mine as I took pics along the way for this review)
Set Piece Count: 567
Accessories: Buildable display stand
Cost: $50 US Target
I got mine from Mega Construx directly, for the purpose of creating this review.

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The front of the package shows the set displayed nicely on its buildable stand. While the back of the box shows the length of the sword, (25.12 inches/63.7cm). It also shows the Ring set and the (as yet not released as of this writing) Helmet set.

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Mega Construx Toy Review: Point Defense Showdown

Mega Construx Point Defense Showdown

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: roughly 75-100 minutes to build (Your time will vary from mine as I took pics along the way for this review)
Set Piece Count: 782
Minifigures: Master Chief (Infinite armor, muddy), Marine, Hyperius (Brute Banished leader), Grunt Assault
Weapons: Gravity Hammer, “Mangler” Energy Rifle, Assault Rifle, Plasma Pistol
Accessories: X4 figure stand, Communcations Backpack, Jump pack, x4 projectiles
Special Features: Alternate build via APP.
Cost: $80 US Target, $60 Amazon The set may be available elsewhere, but these were the only two places found as of this writing.

A friend of mine got this for me early, for my birthday.

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The front of the package shows the set in a cool action shot. As well, it again shows the figures included at the bottom of the front of the box. The back displays shows another action scene, the weapons and accessories included as well as alternate build and two other sets available as of this writing.

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Mega Construx Toy Review: Forerunner Ring Installation

Mega Construx Forerunner Ring Installation

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 25-30 minutes to build (Your time will vary from mine as I took pics along the way for this review)
Set Piece Count: 301
Minifigures: Not Applicable
Weapons: Not Applicable
Accessories: Buildable display base
Special Features: Not Applicable
Cost: $30 US Target Exclusive.
Full Disclosure, I received mine directly from Mega Brands for free.

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The front of the package shows the set on display. The back of the box touts the set shown at actual size. It also shows the Energy Sword set. Also a Target exclusive.

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Mega Construx Toy Review: Recon Getaway

Mega Construx Recon Getaway

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 10 minutes to build (Your time will vary from mine as I took pics along the way for this review)
Set Piece Count: 123
Minifigures: Elite Minor, X2 Marine (1 with goatee, 1 brown skin color), Grunt Minor
Weapons: Tactical Shotgun, SMG, Plasma Rifle, Needler
Accessories: X4 figure stands
Special Features: Alternate build via APP.
Cost: $20 US Mass Retail. I got mine at Amazon.

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The front of the package shows the set in a fun action shot. The back displays the action feature as well as alternate build.

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Mega Construx Toy Review: Warthog Rally

Mega Construx Warthog Rally

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 30 minutes to build (Your time will vary from mine as I took pics along the way for this review)
Set Piece Count: 314
Minifigures: Master Chief (Infinite armor), Marine, X2 Jackal Freebooters
Weapons: Assault Rifle, SMG, x2 Plasma Pistols
Accessories: X4 figure stand, Removable Sight for AR, x2 energy shields (for Jackals)
Special Features: Alternate build via APP.
Cost: $30 US Mass Retail. I got mine at Target.

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The front of the package shows the set in a fun action shot. The back displays some of the action features as well as alternate build.

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Mega Construx Toy Review: Banshee Breakout

Mega Construx Banshee Breakout

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 25 minutes to build (Your time will vary from mine as I took pics along the way for this review)
Set Piece Count: 218
Minifigures: Cream color Ultra Elite, Spartan Recon
Weapons: Brute Rifle, Focus Beam Rifle
Accessories: X2 figure stand
Special Features: Alternate build via APP.
Cost: $25 US Mass Retail. I got mine at Target.

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The front of the package shows the set in a fun action shot. The back displays some of the action features as well as other the Warthog Rally set, current available.

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Mega Construx Toy Review: Master Chief VS Brute Warrior

Mega Construx Master Chief Vs Brute Warrior

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort pieces, 1 minute to build
Set Piece Count: 52
Minifigures: Halo Infinite Master Chief, Banished Brute Warrior
Weapons: Assault Rifle w/scope attachment, Brute Rifle, Brute Pistol, Gravity Hammer, Energy Sword, x2 Spike Grenades, x2 Frag Grenades
Accessories: Green Master Chief figure stand, Dark Red Brute Warrior figure stand
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $10 US Mass Retail. I got mine from Target.

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The packaging is quite nice here. A unique design for the front. The back of the card shows what accessories are included.


The contents of the packaging are shown below. There is a small baggie of parts hidden behind the Mega Construx Halo graphic on the bubble of the card.
You get quite a nice variety of things here.
• Two special colored and named figure stands
• Gravity Hammer
• “Brute” Rifle (This hasn’t been officially named as such. I’m just using that term to differentiate between it and the Assault Rifle.)
• Assault Rifle
• Energy Sword
• x2 Spike Grenades

In the baggie (shown above) you get:
• “Brute” Pistol (Again, this isn’t official, just a temporary name)
• Pistol
• Attachable scope for Assault Rifle
• x2 Frag grenades

The scope slides onto the AR. A nice fit. Do be careful not to lose, as this is a very tiny piece!

The Brute Pistol has some printing on the ammo drum. A series of mustard color ovals can be seen. It should be noted that this drum can spin.

The insert sheet shows how the figures are put together. Thankfully, that’s already done for you though. On the back side again, the accessories included.

Let’s take a look at those figures now!

Master Chief, now in his Halo Infinite Armor looks quite striking. Emblazoned on the left chest plate is “117”, Master Chief’s Spartan number. There is a very slight silver wash in places. Nice touch!

Here are the orthogonal views of Chief:

And now for the Brute Warrior.
This is a very good figure. LOTS of detail in the armor. A nice mix of dark grey and dark red to denote the Banished look. The loin cloth is slightly bendable, so it shouldn’t easily break off. Again, another nice bit of attention to detail there.

Orthogonal views of the Brute Warrior.
Something to make note here. The shoulder armor is the same as that of the Arbiter. That is NOT to say however, that this Brute got the armor from the Arbiter. Likely rather that Mega is reusing an armor piece. Regardless of why, I very much like it.
The Brute looks sufficiently bulky here.

And finally the pair together!
How will these two come to fight in Halo Infinite?
Well, it’s not long now, before we find out.

Summary: A fun little 2-pack. It features Chief in his new armor. Also what is likely an army building Brute. LOTS of accessories to choose from to make your own adventure.

Overall Rating: I give this set 10 out of 10 medals.
Why did I give it a 10 out of 10?

• Two great figures and a plethora of accessories.
• two color coded and named figure stands.

Here’s my opinion on the break down of the value of this set. (In US dollars)
• Each figure with a weapon and the stand is worth $4 for a total of $8.
• The additional four weapons I put at $2 total.
• The four grenades (2-spike and 2-frag) I put at a total of $1.
TOTAL: $11 (before tax and in U.S. dollars) 

Given that the set costs $10 US before tax, I find this set slightly above value. Then when you add in the custom printed card front graphics, the value is even better!

Do I recommend it?  ABSOLUTELY! New Master Chief and a very well done Banished Brute. More than enough accessories and two special figure stands. What’s not to love!

If you have any questions about this set that I didn’t cover in the review, please do not hesitate to ask me. Either reply below or e-mail me at sal@halofanforlife.com.

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-Sal

Halo Mega Construx PREVIEW: Building Box

Okay, first things first, yes, it’s a little strange of a title for the set. However…
THIS is the replacement/reissue of the Builder’s Forge set that barely saw distribution.
I for one am VERY happy to see it released as I had been asking Mega (outside of social media) to re-release the set.

At a robust 450 pieces, the set should retail for between $40-50. There are several alternate/rebuilds with this set!

The instructions included show you how to make this small base, a mongoose and a mini pelican.

The alternate build allows you to expand on the base and you can rebuild parts to make a mini warthog!

I really like the holoboard included in the set!

As seen, the Builder’s Box comes with two Spartans. A Red Gungnir and a Blue EVA. Note the old style energy sword the Gungnir Spartan is holding! We haven’t seen that one in a very long time!

Here is the official text blurb from Mega about this set:

BUILDING BOX
Features

• 450-piece Halo-themed building set with special pieces, unique shapes, builder’s multi-tool and brick separator, and a resealable storage box
• 2 highly collectible micro action figures, Spartan Gungnir and Spartan EVA, with authentic detail, 12 points of articulation and numerous interchangeable weapon accessories
• Includes 3 building ideas to start the mission; many more available online
• Ideal for ages 8 and up, this building set features detailed authenticity to strengthen creative thinking skills
• 450 bricks and pieces combine with all Mega Construx building sets and are compatible with other name brands
Product description
Build your own Halo universe with this 450-piece creative building box. Prepare for battle with 2 micro action figures, special pieces – like wheels, risers, a shield and so many weapon accessories – custom piece shapes and a Halo-themed color palette. The set also comes with 3 building ideas to start your mission. The box even features a resealable flap perfect for storage. This creative construction set is the perfect tool to hone your training, soldier.
Ideal for Probuilders, ages 8 and up
What’s in the box?
450 pieces
2 micro action figures
Set number: GPT03

Halo Mega Construx PREVIEW: Skiff Intercept

Well, what do we have here? A new vehicle!

Now, I will say, it does look much like a hollowed out Brute Prowler.
The inner workings of the gear mechanism look cool.

This set gives us a Spartan, 2 Brute Warriors and a Grunt Conscript.

As with the other sets from the Summer 2020 lineup, this has an alternate build as well!
When O first saw the ALT build, I thought it looked much like the skitterer from Halo Wars 2. Perhaps that was the intention? Also, you can build a Banished barrier.
Those both definitely fit within the Banished aesthetic.

Here is the official text blurb from Mega about this set:

SKIFF INTERCEPT™
Features

• Halo Infinite inspired Banished Skiff vehicle building set with rear cockpit, missile launcher, and 360-degree turret that spins when its exhaust is turned
• 2-in-1 building toy: Choose to build the Skiff or a walker vehicle and fortifying wall
• 4 highly collectible micro action figures, Spartan MK VII, 2 Brute Warriors and a Grunt Conscript, with authentic detail, 12 points of articulation, display stands and interchangeable weapon accessories
• Ideal for ages 8 and up, this building set features detailed authenticity to strengthen creative thinking skills
• 452 bricks and pieces combine with all Mega Construx building sets and are compatible with other name brands
Product Description
Take your troops where they’re needed with this Banished Skiff construction set. Inspired by a non-playable vehicle from Halo Infinite, this Skiff features a spinning turret that spins when you turn its exhaust pipe. Or choose to build a walker and fortified cover wall. This playset also includes 4 micro action figures that can be placed inside your vehicle of choice. Relocate to where you’re needed most. 
Ideal for Probuilders, ages 8+
What’s in the box
452 bricks and pieces
4 micro action figures
Set number: GNB21

With 452 pieces, I look for this set to be between $40-50.

Halo Mega Construx PREVIEW: UNSC Spartan Armor Pack

The next preview is an UNSC Spartan Armor pack. I’m a bit partial to this one as it’s similar colors to my favorite sports teams.

This set includes 2 Spartans and a Banished Warrior. The Spartans are HIGHLY customizable, with 30 accessories to share between them!

As you can see in the above pic, there is a Banished crate as well.
One thing I’m happy the Mega is doing more of is including the muzzle flashes for guns. This adds a depth of realism to the figures.

Let’s take a look at those included accessories!
There are two extra front torso armor pieces and one each extra back armor. With what we already have to choose from, this is a fantastic amount of torso armor customization.

In the next bubble of accessories, there are weapons and armor. Looks to be two sets each of shoulder armor, the backplates as mentioned before and a couple of weapons. The pistol, seen in the Halo Heroes 12 series is back again. Note it’s ammo drum is removable.

The next bubble includes 4 helmets. Beyond the Grenadier and Recon displayed on the figures, we also get an Operator, EVA, Gungnir and Commando helmets. Really a good selection here!

And finally the last bubble has a few grenades, pistols and various muzzle flashes.

This set retails for $15. At first I thought that might be too high. But when you look at the amount of accessories and the added figure, I think we’re getting a good value. I can’t wait to get this one in hand! I’m probably going to buy several this set so I can make several armor customizations.

Here is the official text blurb from Mega about the UNSC Spartan Armor Pack:

UNSC SPARTAN ARMOR PACK
Features

• 3 highly collectible micro action figures, 2 UNSC Spartans and 1 Brute Warrior, with authentic detail, 12 points of articulation, display stands and interchangeable weapon accessories
• Halo Infinite inspired building set includes a loaded equipment cache with armors, helmets, weapon accessories, and a storage box
• Ideal for ages 8 and up, this building set features detailed authenticity to strengthen creative thinking skills
• Bricks combine with all Mega Construx building sets and are compatible with other name brands
Product Description
Suit up, soldier. Equip your UNSC Spartan fireteam from an armor cache so versatile it’ll feel like you have an infinite number of modifications to choose from. This construction set features 3 combat-ready micro action figures, Spartan Grenadier, Spartan Recon, and a Brute Warrior. Gear up with numerous armors, helmets, weapon accessories, and more – then take the enemy down.
Ideal for Probuilders, ages 8+
What’s in the box?
3 micro action figures
106 pieces
Set number: GRN07


Halo Mega Construx PREVIEW: Forerunner Ring Installation

This set is quite a departure from sets in the past. It’s more an homage to the Halo section as seen at Halo Outpost last year than anything else. Perhaps, just this section is where much of the action will take place in Infinite? At any rate, there is something uniquely cool about this set.

For one, we get to build a very nice stand for it. This is definitely not the norm for a Halo Mega Construx set. I’m LIKING it very much!

The ring section is built from three smaller sections. Each having their own visible differences in topography.

The set is held aloft the base by a small series of pins and clasps.

Here are a couple more views of the set from different angles.

Now, just incase you are wondering, “Can I build a full ring out of multiples of these?”
The answer is yes, sort of…
IF my math is right, the angle at the end of the section is 27°. This would mean you would need four full sets and a fifth partial set. However, the ring would be incomplete.
Three grey sections make up one set. the section in red is one from a fifth set. The gap is created due to the difference in angle. Had the angle for the end piece been exactly 30°, we would have a nice clean ring to make from this set.
Now please, take THAT with a grain of salt as my math may be incorrect. We’ll have to hear word from Mega on this.

At any rate, I plan on getting 4/5 of the set to make a fuller ring. I’ll use pieces from the bases to fill in as needed.

Here is the official text blurb from Mega for the Forerunner Ring Installation set:

FORERUNNER RING INSTALLATION
Features

• Forerunner Ring Installation mini-scale model building set
• Micro diorama measures approx. 5- x 5- x 7-inches when assembled
• Ideal for ages 8 and up, this building set features detailed authenticity to strengthen creative thinking skills
• Bricks combine with all Mega Construx building sets and are compatible with other name brands
Product Description
Travel into deep space and explore a ring-shaped super weapon with this Forerunner installation. Based on mountainesque terrain seen in Halo Infinite, this building set features authentic details like trees, river, mountain and, of course, Forerunner tech. Display it at home, at the office, or wherever it fits. Celebrate your Halo fandom with this unique, buildable collectors’ set.
Ideal for Probuilders, ages 8+
What’s in the box?
301 pieces
Set number: GRN05


Halo Mega Construx PREVIEW: Defense Point Showdown

The Defense Point Showdown set appears to be mostly a Banished version of an Anti-Air turret. As you can see by the box, the set contains 782 pieces.

It also includes a Marine, Master Chief, a Brute (Possibly Hyperius) and a Grunt. TBH, I do not know where the name Hyperius comes from. If that info is stated on the back of the box, I can not confirm it, yet.

This new Brute “Hyperius” seems to be a Spartan killer. That is, if you believe what’s on his armor. It looks like he may be wearing a Spartan helmet. That of the Scout variety. The very same that Spartan Palmer wears. Also, heavily noted in social media thus far, is his use of Spartan Locke’s helmet as shoulder armor. It’s unmistakeable that it’s the same version. The only thing missing is the yellow arrow decal. That however could have been worn off in battle.

So this leads me to wonder, what or whom else has this Brute possibly killed? In the trailer, the pilot Brohammer says “we lost”. Does this mean Infinity has been lost or at least heavily damaged? Did the Banished do that? If we go to the audio message that Halo released earlier in the week, a Brute is heard saying “Humanity will burn, their brazen defiance will be all but a memory.” Is THIS the brute saying that message? Hmm…

As we can also see, this set comes with a Mongoose. The legs of the turret look somewhat positionable. It also seems there is an action feature that allows for parts of the legs to pop off, as if bale damaged.

As with the other Halo Summer 2020 sets, this too has an alternate build.

Looks like some kind of cool Brute fighter and a small support ship that the Grunt pilots.

Here is the official text blurb from Mega’s site about this set:

DEFENSE POINT SHOWDOWN™
Features

• Large Halo Infinite inspired Banished AA turret building set with 4 poseable legs under its platform, a mounted, spinning cannon and dual-missile launcher, and push-button canister launchers
• 2-in-1 building toy: Choose to build the turret or a large fighter plane and utility craft
• 4 highly collectible micro action figures, Master Chief, a UNSC Marine, Hyperius and a Grunt Assault, with authentic detail, 12 points of articulation, display stands and interchangeable weapon accessories
• Ideal for ages 8 and up, this building set features detailed authenticity to strengthen creative thinking skills
• 782 bricks and pieces combine with all Mega Construx building sets and are compatible with other name brands
Product Description
Infiltrate a Banished defense point. Modeled after its appearance in Halo Infinite, this large anti-aircraft turret features poseable legs and a spinning cannon that fires 2 missiles at once. Hit the canisters to launch them from the turret’s base and create an explosive counterattack. Or choose to build a large fighter plane and utility craft. This construction set also includes 4 micro action figures that can be placed inside your vehicle of choice. Fight the decisive battle.
Ideal for Probuilders, ages 8+
What’s in the box
782 bricks and pieces
4 micro action figures
Set number: GNB27

With this set having 782 pieces, I see this being $75-80 U.S. retail price.